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Friday, October 18
 

7:30pm

PixelPyros!

We’re really struggling to fit so much awesomeness into just 8 days. So, just before the festival officially starts we’ve snuck in an extra special pre-festival launch spectacular to kick off GameCity 8 in style!

Just HOURS before the official turning on of the Two Big Screens, we’ll be lighting up Nottingham with the UK premiere of the new PixelPyros show, an event from brilliant artist Seb Lee-Delisle. On Friday 18 October, from 7.30pm, head down to the Market Square for a dazzling interactive display of digital fireworks.

The brilliant thing about this HUGE firework display is that once we’ve lit the blue touch paper, you don’t have to stand well back. You see, the fireworks are projected onto a massive screen and controlled by YOU! Make your way up to the screen, touch the bottom of it and trigger the most amazing display of pixellated pyrotechnics you’ve ever seen!

This isn’t the kind of thing you see everyday – and it’s coming to GameCity just for you and your family and friends, for FREE!

Not only that- the whole event is being produced for you in association with our friends at theCreative Quarter.

How else could you possibly want to spend the first Friday evening of half-term?

This is an outdoor event that is subject to change. It's totally dependent on weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the event takes place, there's a chance that it just might not be able to go ahead because of wind speed and other complicated stuff. If that happens, we're sorry! We take the safety of the public and our audience VERY seriously. We'll make it up to you, promise. 


Exhibitors
SL

Seb Lee-Delisle

Seb Lee-Delisle is a digital artist and speaker who uses computers to engage, inspire and excite.


Friday October 18, 2013 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT
 
Saturday, October 19
 

10:00am

Beyond Deviant: Drawing Workshop
Come along and find out what games concept artists do and how they do it, get some feedback on your
online portfolio (not compulsory!) and get your pencil out for do some sketching.

Herb Wiersma has taught many successful concept artists and this workshop is an opportunity to see how
illustration works in the games industry.

Canal Studios is a small friendly studio on Carrington Street housing designers and musicians.

Spaces are limited to 8 so booking is advised.
Book your space at the workshop here: visual.canal-studios.com

Some paper and pencils will be available but if you have a favourite pen and pad bring them along.

Speakers
avatar for herb wiersma

herb wiersma

Canal Studios
Making pictures


Saturday October 19, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Canal Studios Second floor, Buzzer 2, 44-46 Carrington Street, Nottingham NG1 7FG

10:00am

GameCity Family Weekend at NTU!
Is there a better way to kick off half term than discovering something fun, family friendly, and free?

We think not!

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October, GameCity will be taking over the Newton & Arkwright building of NTU, hosting a whole bunch of STEAM School related exciting things to do.

You can try out:
Geocaching (a techie treasure hunt),
new eye-tracking equipment,
Science Busking -
and all sorts of incredible things with iPads, illusions, and party games you've NEVER played before.

Come on down - It's a GameCity weekend!



Saturday October 19, 2013 10:00am - 4:00pm
Newton Arkwright Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1

10:00am

Kids Hack Day
If you are, or have, a child between 9-12 years old, you can sign up to an awesome event from the folks at Kids Hack Day and explore how to make your own games controllers.

Kids Hack Day is a 1-day event where children and adults come together to “hack” and make new uses of every day items. They will create, for example, instruments out of bananas, games out of cardboard and conductive ink, and tinker with gadgets and electronics. In a world that’s changing at an exponential pace, never has cross-generational learning been as important as it is today. If we don’t understand the technology that builds our world, how will we ever be able to feel engaged in it?

This is an event that you'll need to register for, as places are limited. You'll also need to stay with your kids whilst they do the workshop - but don't worry, you can get involved too and it's going to be BRILLIANT!

>REGISTER YOUR INTEREST USING THIS LINK <

Saturday October 19, 2013 10:00am - 4:00pm
Newton Arkwright Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Clocking Off, Table Flip Games
Delta-V Racing, Spacehopper Studios
DevSoc, NTU
Maze Of Bears!, SnappyFingers
Puckey, David Williamson
Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut, Mudvark
Rotation Station & Rude Bear Radio, Vorpal Games
Soul Machine Demo, Drop Dead Interactive
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games
Super Killer Hornet: Resurrection, Flump Studios



Saturday October 19, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

2 Big Screens - AIM FOR LOVE - Premiere
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 16:00
Kids Hack Day Controllerthon

Approx 17:30
PREMIERE!
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love
 
 

Saturday October 19, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

11:00am

Ototo Invention Workshop with Dentaku

Workshop 1 of 3.
Workshop continues Sunday 20 & Monday 21, 11am-5pm.

An exclusive three day workshop with the principle designers from the Dentaku invention studio, Yuri Suzuki (Yahama / Teenage Engineering) and Mark McKeague (Bang & Olufsen). Working with the studios’ latest product Ototo, commissioned by Near Now, you will design and invent playful sound objects from origami that sings when touched to electronic drum kits made from saucepans. The workshop culminates in a showcase of your playful musical DIY experiments on Monday 21.
 
Tickets on sale now via Near Now.

Cost: £60 / £48 for 3 workshop sessions (Lunch provided)


Moderators
avatar for Near Now

Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

Speakers
MM

Mark McKeague

Principal Designer, Dentaku
YS

Yuri Suzuki

Principal Designer, Dentaku



Saturday October 19, 2013 11:00am - 5:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.


Saturday October 19, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT
 
Sunday, October 20
 

10:00am

GameCity Family Weekend at The Open Arcade!
Please note the change of venue. These activities are no longer taking place at the Newton Arkwright building and have been moved to The Open Arcade.

Is there a better way to kick off half term than discovering something fun, family friendly, and free?

We think not!

In The Open Arcade you can try out:

  • Geocaching (a techie treasure hunt)
  • Science Busking with 3-2-1-Ignite* - lots of fun and amazing scientific experiements!

Come on down - It's a GameCity weekend!


Sunday October 20, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Newton Arkwright Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame
Delta-V Racing, Spacehopper Studios
DevSoc, NTU
Maze Of Bears!, SnappyFingers
Puckey, David Williamson
Pulse Dance, Pavilion Dance South West
Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut, Mudvark
Rotation Station & Rude Bear Radio, Vorpal Games
SMESPORT, Smestorp
Soul Machine Demo, Drop Dead Interactive
Space Farmers, Bumpkin Brothers
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games


Sunday October 20, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

2 Big Screens
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 17:30
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love 
 

Sunday October 20, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

11:00am

Ototo Invention Workshop with Dentaku

Workshop 2 of 3.
Workshop continues Monday 21, 11am-5pm.

An exclusive three day workshop with the principle designers from the Dentaku invention studio, Yuri Suzuki (Yahama / Teenage Engineering) and Mark McKeague (Bang & Olufsen). Working with the studios’ latest product Ototo, commissioned by Near Now, you will design and invent playful sound objects from origami that sings when touched to electronic drum kits made from saucepans. The workshop culminates in a showcase of your playful musical DIY experiments on Monday 21.
 
Tickets on sale now via Near Now.

Cost: £60 / £48 for 3 workshop sessions (Lunch provided)


Moderators
avatar for Near Now

Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

Speakers
MM

Mark McKeague

Principal Designer, Dentaku
YS

Yuri Suzuki

Principal Designer, Dentaku


Sunday October 20, 2013 11:00am - 5:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.



Sunday October 20, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

12:00pm

The Game Pad with Insert Coin Championship Battles

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

Retro fighting games plus a chance to win a range of goodies from the awesome people at Insert Coin Clothing and MS / PS points from Serious Gamer.

Tekken & Street Fighter competitions with a host of retro titles for casual players. Test your skills against the best of Nottingham and beyond. We will have loads of different consoles available to play so let us know if there are any classics you would like to see, or perhaps you have a copy you'd like to bring along?

Prizes up for grabs are;
King of the Iron Fist Championship Hoodies (Black)
'Viva King' Tee Shirt
'Street Fighter Championship' Tee Shirt

£3 entry for the competitive events / All players need to bring their own pad/fight sticks for the event.

For more details and to register your interest in the competition, join the Facebook Event. 


Exhibitors

Sunday October 20, 2013 12:00pm - 8:00pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP
 
Monday, October 21
 

9:00am

Broadway Breakfast with Leigh Alexander
Start the day the GameCity way...

...with a plateful of good grub and a nice chat.

A series of special guest speakers will give you an insight into what they look to when they need a quick shot of inspiration and motivation. Leave Broadway with a full belly and a fuller mind, feeling energised for the rest of the day.

This will be like an audiovisual Bloody Mary. Or a bacon sandwich for the soul.

Today's guest speaker is Leigh Alexander, gaming & social media culture journalist.
@leighalexanderleighalexander.net

Broadway's Cafebar will be offering a full breakfast menu. Vegetarian options available.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Alexander

Leigh Alexander

gaming & social media culture journo: at-large for gamasutra; edge & kotaku columnist. most recently guardian, new statesman, atlantic, slate.


Monday October 21, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

Kerbal Space Program Workshop (am)
Kerbal Space Program is a videogame about building and managing your very own space centre and all the spacecraft you can imagine.

You don't have to just design and build your spacecraft. You must learn to fly them too! Do your job well and you'll help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space and discovering the outer reaches of the Kerbol Solar System.
 
So if you just want to have fun with videogames, learn some physics while doing it (you don't have to) or are a teacher who is looking for a video game suitable for STEM and STEAM subjects - this workshop is for you!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Monday October 21, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

MinecraftEdu Workshop (am)

Minecraft is one of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from MinecraftEdu, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about MinecraftEdu on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

This is a STEAM School workshop open to all ages, taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.
Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops. 

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Moderators
Speakers

Monday October 21, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Delta-V Racing, Spacehopper Studios
DevSoc, NTU
Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut, Mudvark
SMESPORT, Smestorp
Soul Machine Demo, Drop Dead Interactive
Space Farmers, Bumpkin Brothers
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games
3-2-1-Ignition*, Ignite Futures
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame
Banshee, Mr Dog Media 



Monday October 21, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

The Night Zookeeper
Visit the Night Zookeeper to hear his incredible story about the magical Night Zoo. You will be challenged to invent your very own magical animal and then may even get to see it come to life in the latest Night Zookeeper apps; Story Pairs and Teleporting Torch.

The Night Zookeeper is a project which aims to get children to interact with technology in a way which is refreshingly constructive and creative.

The Night Zookeeper is a digital world where children can draw and create their own magical creatures to live in their zoo. Children can then write stories about them and share the pictures of their animals with their friends. An important part of the project is that parents and teachers can also contribute to the zoo by setting the children challenges and goals to complete.

Drop into Waterstones at any point between 10.00am-5.00pm to visit The Night Zookeeper.

These workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Fancy winning an iPad?

All you have to do is draw a magical funny animal for the Night Zoo! The creator of the best creature, as judged by the Night Zookeeper, will win an iPad. Just bring a picture of your creature to Night Zookeeper at Waterstones - or draw one when you're there - and the judges will do the rest.

 


Speakers

Monday October 21, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate NG1 2GR

11:00am

Ototo Invention Workshop with Dentaku

Workshop 3 of 3.
Workshop series starts on Saturday 19, 11am-5pm.

An exclusive three day workshop with the principle designers from the Dentaku invention studio, Yuri Suzuki (Yahama / Teenage Engineering) and Mark McKeague (Bang & Olufsen). Working with the studios’ latest product Ototo, commissioned by Near Now, you will design and invent playful sound objects from origami that sings when touched to electronic drum kits made from saucepans. This workshop culminates in a showcase of your playful musical DIY experiments.
 
Tickets on sale now via Near Now.

Cost: £60 / £48 for 3 workshop sessions (Lunch provided)


Moderators
avatar for Near Now

Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

Speakers
MM

Mark McKeague

Principal Designer, Dentaku
YS

Yuri Suzuki

Principal Designer, Dentaku



Monday October 21, 2013 11:00am - 5:00am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

11:00am

Writing Workshops with Ed Stern
Limited Capacity seats available

SESSIONS STARTING AT 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

Interested in how games get written? Thinking about writing games as a career? Then why not drop into either or both of two daily informal workshop sessions covering all aspects of game writing, including but not restricted to:

- What Game Writers Actually Do: the different roles on the different sizes and shapes of project.
- Writing Pitches for publishers and developers.
- Writing concept docs for artists, level designers, audio designers and coders.
- Writing actable scripts for actors: scripts for voice Over, Motion Capture and CGI cinematics.
- Exposition, Exposition, Exposition: how to inform players without boring them.
- How to get a job: (including the perfect writer's CV)
- The Difference between writing for film/TV/radio and Games: when getting better at screenwriting makes you worse.
- Why stuff ends up clichéed.
- Narrative v Interaction: Explicit/Implicit and environmental
narrative, including when NOT to explain
- Directing actors for Voice Over and Motion Capture sessions.
- What game scripts look like.

What do you need to take part? A pen, and your ideas. There'll be writing exercises you can complete during the sessions, or you can return to later sessions for feedback.

Speakers

Monday October 21, 2013 11:00am - 4:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.



Monday October 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

12:00pm

The Game Pad - High Score Challenge Day

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

High Score Challenge Day! Try to beat previous players' high scores on a set of games curated by The Game Pad.


Exhibitors

Monday October 21, 2013 12:00pm - 5:30pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP

12:30pm

Cara & Keith's GameCity Power Lunch!
Cara Ellison and Keith Stuart are here to reinvent the breakfast events from previous years - AT LUNCHTIME!

There will be food!
There will be guests!
There will be Cara!
There will be Keith!
There should be you! 

Food will be served from 12.30pm, the show will be starting at 1pm PROMPT!

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE OVER THE GUARDIAN GAMES BLOG
 
Guests to be annouced shortly!

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.



Monday October 21, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

1:00pm

MinecraftEdu Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is one of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from MinecraftEdu, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about MinecraftEdu on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.
Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 



Monday October 21, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

2:00pm

Kerbal Space Program Workshop (pm)
Kerbal Space Program is a videogame about building and managing your very own space centre and all the spacecraft you can imagine.

You don't have to just design and build your spacecraft. You must learn to fly them too! Do your job well and you'll help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space and discovering the outer reaches of the Kerbol Solar System.
 
So if you just want to have fun with videogames, learn some physics while doing it (you don't have to) or are a teacher who is looking for a video game suitable for STEM and STEAM subjects - this workshop is for you!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Monday October 21, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

3:00pm

Meet Ototo

Join Near Now for the launch of offbeat inventors Dentaku’s latest product, Ototo.

Ototo (Japanese for younger brother and pronounced oh-toe-toe) is an experimental printed circuit board (PCB), which, combining sensors, inputs and touchpads, allows you to easily create your own electronic musical instrument.

Ototo is designed to let anyone unpack a kit and make anything from drum sets out of saucepans to a coat stand that sings when you place a coat on it’s pegs. This is an exclusive chance to hear and see Ototo in action. Participants from the Ototo Invention Workshop will show off their own playful musical DIY experiments using the Ototo platform.

The principle designers from invention studio Dentaku, Yuri Suzuki and Mark McKeague, will talk about the development and future of the Ototo platform.



Moderators
avatar for Near Now

Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

Speakers
MM

Mark McKeague

Principal Designer, Dentaku
YS

Yuri Suzuki

Principal Designer, Dentaku


Monday October 21, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

5:00pm

GameCity Unplugged: Gambling Lamb's Boardgame Library

The charming folks from local games night Gambling Lambs, usually to be found in Lee Rosy’s Tea Room on the first Thursday of every month, are bringing along a stack of boardgames for you to play.

@gamblinglambs / gamblinglambs.com

Live music from 6.00pm-7.00pm, the bluesy-folky acoustic tunes of:

Sam Jones

Sam was one of Nusic‘s Future Sound Of Nottingham finalists this year. Read LeftLion’s interview with him here.

Sam Jones on Soundcloud


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Sam was one of Nusic‘s Future Sound Of Nottingham finalists this year. Read LeftLion’s interview with him here.

Exhibitors
avatar for Ross Fowkes

Ross Fowkes

Systems Administrator, Confetti Media Group


Monday October 21, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Royal Concert Hall Theatre Square, NG1 5ND

8:00pm

Blue Monday : Work, Love and Sex
In A Night of Work, Love and Sex, writers Leigh Alexander and Quintin
Smith talk, debate, flirt and fight over relationships in games, and the
medium's potential to convey romance, meaningful bonding and sexuality.

After the talk, they'll be joined by the renowned Tale of Tales pair,
Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn, who invite you to caress their latest
work, Luxuria Superbia, as you drink, mingle and perhaps even form some
new bonds of your own.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Alexander

Leigh Alexander

gaming & social media culture journo: at-large for gamasutra; edge & kotaku columnist. most recently guardian, new statesman, atlantic, slate.
avatar for Auriea Harvey

Auriea Harvey

Tale of Tales


Monday October 21, 2013 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Suede 34 Heathcoat Street, NG1 3AA
 
Tuesday, October 22
 

9:00am

Broadway Breakfast with Robin Arnott
Start the day the GameCity way...

...with a plateful of good grub and a nice chat.

Leave Broadway with a full belly and a fuller mind, feeling energised for the rest of the day. A series of special guest speakers will give you an insight into what they look to when they need a quick shot of inspiration and motivation.   

This will be like an audiovisual Bloody Mary. Or a bacon sandwich for the soul.

Today's guest speaker is Robin Arnott, sound designer for Antichamber, Capsule and other things. Creator of Deep Sea. Currently developing SoundSelf, which is playable in Broadway's Lounge screening room from 10.30am-5.00pm on Monday 21 & Tuesday 22.
@VideoDreaming / www.soundselfgame.com

Broadway's Cafebar will be offering a full breakfast menu. Vegetarian options available.

Speakers

Tuesday October 22, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

Kerbal Space Program Workshop (am)
Kerbal Space Program is a videogame about building and managing your very own space centre and all the spacecraft you can imagine.

You don't have to just design and build your spacecraft. You must learn to fly them too! Do your job well and you'll help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space and discovering the outer reaches of the Kerbol Solar System.
 
So if you just want to have fun with videogames, learn some physics while doing it (you don't have to) or are a teacher who is looking for a video game suitable for STEM and STEAM subjects - this workshop is for you!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Chroma, Mark Foster
DevSoc, NTU
Gaming with a disability, LEPMIS
RGCD Showcase (Super Bread Box Launch)
Soul Machine Demo, Drop Dead Interactive
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games
Bosch Art Game, Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation
3-2-1-Ignition*, Ignite Futures
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame 


Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

The Night Zookeeper
Visit the Night Zookeeper to hear his incredible story about the magical Night Zoo. You will be challenged to invent your very own magical animal and then may even get to see it come to life in the latest Night Zookeeper apps; Story Pairs and Teleporting Torch.

The Night Zookeeper is a project which aims to get children to interact with technology in a way which is refreshingly constructive and creative.

The Night Zookeeper is a digital world where children can draw and create their own magical creatures to live in their zoo. Children can then write stories about them and share the pictures of their animals with their friends. An important part of the project is that parents and teachers can also contribute to the zoo by setting the children challenges and goals to complete.

Drop into Waterstones at any point between 10.00am-5.00pm to visit The Night Zookeeper.

These workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Fancy winning an iPad?

All you have to do is draw a magical funny animal for the Night Zoo! The creator of the best creature, as judged by the Night Zookeeper, will win an iPad. Just bring a picture of your creature to Night Zookeeper at Waterstones - or draw one when you're there - and the judges will do the rest.

 


Speakers


Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate NG1 2GR

10:00am

2 Big Screens
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 17:30
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love 
 

Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

10:00am

2 Big Screens - CRISIS! PANIC! TEAM! Premiere!
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

MONDAY'S SCREEN CONFIGURATION WILL FEATURE THE PREMIERE OF JONATHAN SMITH'S, CRISIS! PANIC! TEAM! 

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art


 

Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

10:30am

Tale of Tales: Luxuria Superbia
Tale of Tales' Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn are joining us to talk about their latest project!

"Luxuria Superbia
will be the first abstract game released by Tale of Tales. It has no story and no characters. In some ways it is the most conventional game they have made. But it deals with topics that are rather rare in videogames: sensuality and spirituality.

Games are fun. But we rarely talk about pleasure. We assume videogames are made to give us pleasure. But Luxuria Superbia wants you to give it pleasure. We want to penetrate the mysteries of joy, both of the body and of the mind. And explore the many connections between the two."

- Tale of Tales

This talk contains adult themes.

 

Speakers

Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

10:30am

SoundSelf Lounge
Taking up residency in Broadway's Lounge space this year is sound designer/developer Robin Arnott (Deep Sea, Antichamber) with his incredibly unique game experience, SoundSelf.

SoundSelf is an experiment in interactive synesthesia. It's part visualiser, part meditative tool, part game that requires the player to control the visuals with their own voice. You can chant, hum or sing to produce beautiful & hypnotic tunnels of light while your voice is harmonised and fed back to you. It's an incredible sight, and sound, to behold.

Robin's going to be hosting the SoundSelf Lounge in the comfort of Broadway Cinema's Lounge room on Tuesday and Wednesday. Head there at anytime from 10.30am-5.30pm to try out this unique experience. Lie back and be amazed.

www.soundselfgame.com

Speakers

Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:30am - 5:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

11:00am

National Videogame Archive - Antiques Roadshow!
You might not know it, but NTU co-founded the National Videogame Archive with the Science Museum back in 2008. That's right, we're the academic home of our Nation's collection of the history of videogames - keeping them safe for you, your children and your children's children. 

BUT

The National Videogame Archive isn't just about things...

One of the things we're most interested in is how to preserve what videogames mean to people, and one of the ways in which we do that is by recording memories. This is where you come in..

We'd like you to come along to the Angel Row Library on the 22nd October with your memories, talk to our experts and perhaps add your memories to this National collection.  

This is the time to dig out that object from your attic, dust off your recollections and make your contribution to videogame history!


Tuesday October 22, 2013 11:00am - 4:00pm
Angel Row Library angel row, nottingham

11:00am

Writing Workshops with Ed Stern
Limited Capacity seats available

SESSIONS STARTING AT 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

Interested in how games get written? Thinking about writing games as a career? Then why not drop into either or both of two daily informal workshop sessions covering all aspects of game writing, including but not restricted to:

- What Game Writers Actually Do: the different roles on the different sizes and shapes of project.
- Writing Pitches for publishers and developers.
- Writing concept docs for artists, level designers, audio designers and coders.
- Writing actable scripts for actors: scripts for voice Over, Motion Capture and CGI cinematics.
- Exposition, Exposition, Exposition: how to inform players without boring them.
- How to get a job: (including the perfect writer's CV)
- The Difference between writing for film/TV/radio and Games: when getting better at screenwriting makes you worse.
- Why stuff ends up clichéed.
- Narrative v Interaction: Explicit/Implicit and environmental
narrative, including when NOT to explain
- Directing actors for Voice Over and Motion Capture sessions.
- What game scripts look like.

What do you need to take part? A pen, and your ideas. There'll be writing exercises you can complete during the sessions, or you can return to later sessions for feedback.

Speakers

Tuesday October 22, 2013 11:00am - 4:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

11:00am

GameCity Unplugged: Quintin Smith's Boardgame Bootcamp

Join Quintin Smith, writer for Eurogamer & Kotaku, editor of the brilliant Shut Up & Sit Down, for a day of boardgaming goodness. He’ll be demoing some of his favourite games and teaching you how to play them throughout the day.

@Quinns108 / www.shutupandsitdown.com

There’s also live music from 6.00pm-7.00pm with the indie/soul music of:

Lee Gough
Who brings his guitar, his soulful voice, his heart-wrenching lyrics and catchy tunes.

@leegough / leegoughmusic.com

Plus – Gambling Lambs’ Boardgame Library




Tuesday October 22, 2013 11:00am - 7:00pm
Royal Concert Hall Theatre Square, NG1 5ND

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.


Tuesday October 22, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

12:00pm

The Game Pad - Racing Game Challenge & Zombie Survival Night

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

A racing game special! Try to beat The Game Pad team at titles such as Forza, Need For Speed, and F-Zero.

Zombie Survival Night! Spooky and Mysterious... 


Exhibitors

Tuesday October 22, 2013 12:00pm - 8:00pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP

12:30pm

Cara & Keith's GameCity Power Lunch!
Cara Ellison and Keith Stuart are here to reinvent the breakfast events from previous years - AT LUNCHTIME!

There will be food!
There will be guests!
There will be Cara!
There will be Keith!
There should be you! 

Food will be served from 12.30pm, the show will be starting at 1pm PROMPT!

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE OVER THE GUARDIAN GAMES BLOG
 
Guests to be annouced shortly!

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.



Tuesday October 22, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

2:00pm

Kerbal Space Program Workshop (pm)
Kerbal Space Program is a videogame about building and managing your very own space centre and all the spacecraft you can imagine.

You don't have to just design and build your spacecraft. You must learn to fly them too! Do your job well and you'll help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space and discovering the outer reaches of the Kerbol Solar System.
 
So if you just want to have fun with videogames, learn some physics while doing it (you don't have to) or are a teacher who is looking for a video game suitable for STEM and STEAM subjects - this workshop is for you!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Tuesday October 22, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

2:30pm

Twine with Cara
Learn the basics of one of the simplest text game engines with games culture journalist Cara Ellison.

She will take you through what hypertext game engines can do for you, how you can express yourself through text, how to structure branching stories, and take you on a short journey through the best Twine experiences.

Experienced coders can also benefit from this tutorial, and are very welcome to join.
A safe space to experiment with making a quick, interesting game that is publishable in html format.

NOTE: This session may explore texts that contain adult themes. Recommended over 18's only.

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c215. 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.


Tuesday October 22, 2013 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

3:00pm

Stupid and Contagious: Games At The Turn Of An Age
Gaming and social media culture journalist Leigh Alexander compares the current state of video game culture to similar shifts that happened in music, film, fashion and attitudes between the late 80s and early 90s. Today, games are developing the same focus on individual expression, aversion to capitalist climbing, quest for identity and appetite for feminism as took place in the American 1990s -- and have some of the same problems 1990s youth culture faced as well. Expect music references, lyrics as talking points, and a Spotify playlist for all attendees!

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Alexander

Leigh Alexander

gaming & social media culture journo: at-large for gamasutra; edge & kotaku columnist. most recently guardian, new statesman, atlantic, slate.


Tuesday October 22, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

7:00pm

Commodore vs Spectrum: Argy Bhaji
Jets vs Sharks
Ali vs Frazier
Theseus vs The Minotaur
Republicans vs Democrats
Science vs Religion

History is littered with great rivalries, but perhaps none more nasty, festering, bitterly contested and pointless than Commodore versus Spectrum.
In one corner, eccentric UK entrepreneur Clive Sinclair and his rubber keyed, everyman computer for the masses; Facing him, the aggressive Shatnered marketing force of Jack Tramiel.

In a dance as old as time itself these two punch-drunk, bruised old fighters have come out of retirement for one final rumble in the Mogal-e-Azam Indian Restaurant.

Commodore vs Spectrum.
Choose your side.
This ends tonight.

Entry £10 including a DELICIOUS CURRY DINNER! Please pay on the door.


Speakers


Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Mogal E Azam 7-9 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JS

7:30pm

Separating History From Legend
Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, Lecture Room 10

The names Knights Templarr, Knights Hospitaller, Teutonic Knights are the subjects of legend. But what were their real origins, development and organisation during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries? 

A fascinating talk by Dr. Nicholas Morton.

Interested in developing and designing war games? This lecture will be of interest to not just those interested in the history of the period but also designers who appreciate the details that help when thinking about developing gaming systems.

At the end of the lecture there will be the opportunity to network with Dr Morton and like-minded individuals.

Previous lectures have led to collaborations and potential game development discussions.

Free refreshments will be available.
 
Part of Nottingham Trent University's student employability and business engagement initiative.
This lecture is public and open to anyone interested. 


Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Newton Arkwright Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1
 
Wednesday, October 23
 

9:00am

Broadway Breakfast with Quintin Smith
Start the day the GameCity way...

...with a plateful of good grub and a nice chat.

Leave Broadway with a full belly and a fuller mind, feeling energised for the rest of the day. A series of special guest speakers will give you an insight into what they look to when they need a quick shot of inspiration and motivation.   

This will be like an audiovisual Bloody Mary. Or a bacon sandwich for the soul.

Today's guest speaker is Quintin Smith, writer for Eurogamer & Kotaku, editor of the brilliant Shut Up & Sit Down.
@Quinns108 / www.shutupandsitdown.com

Broadway's Cafebar will be offering a full breakfast menu. Vegetarian options available.

Speakers

Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Clocking Off, Table Flip Games
DevSoc, NTU
RGCD Showcase (Super Bread Box Launch)
SMESPORT, Smestorp
Sokobond, Alan Hazelden
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games
The Stanley Parable, Galactic Cafe
The Steampunk League, Dixidiasoft
Wonderstruck Games - Polycraft and Strongroom
Bosch Art Game, Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation
3-2-1-Ignition*, Ignite Futures
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame
Microtowns, inPractice.org
Confetti Game Jam
Two Rooms and a Boom, Shut Up Sit Down 


Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.



Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate NG1 2GR

10:00am

2 Big Screens - TOMB premiere!
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 17:30
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love 
 

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

10:30am

The Sound of BADLAND
Joonas Turner, sound designer of atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure game BADLAND, is here to talk about making games sound great.

BADLAND, by Frogmind Games, has been downloaded more than 7 million times and has received numerous awards including an Apple Design Award and the Indie Sensation Award at Nordic Game Conference.

Full of clanking gears, grinding metal and slicing blades juxtaposed with the hoots, croaks and rustling leaves of its woodland-gone-wrong setting, BADLAND's sound design is a fiendish mix of macabre and tranquility. 

 

Speakers
avatar for Joonas Turner

Joonas Turner

Sound Designer



Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

10:30am

SoundSelf Lounge
Taking up residency in Broadway's Lounge space this year is sound designer/developer Robin Arnott (Deep Sea, Antichamber) with his incredibly unique game experience, SoundSelf.

SoundSelf is an experiment in interactive synesthesia. It's part visualiser, part meditative tool, part game that requires the player to control the visuals with their own voice. You can chant, hum or sing to produce beautiful & hypnotic tunnels of light while your voice is harmonised and fed back to you. It's an incredible sight, and sound, to behold.

Robin's going to be hosting the SoundSelf Lounge in the comfort of Broadway Cinema's Lounge room on Tuesday and Wednesday. Head there at anytime from 10.30am-5.30pm to try out this unique experience. Lie back and be amazed.

www.soundselfgame.com

Speakers

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:30am - 5:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

11:00am

Writing Workshops with Ed Stern
Limited Capacity seats available

SESSIONS STARTING AT 11:00, 13:00, 15:00

Interested in how games get written? Thinking about writing games as a career? Then why not drop into either or both of two daily informal workshop sessions covering all aspects of game writing, including but not restricted to:

- What Game Writers Actually Do: the different roles on the different sizes and shapes of project.
- Writing Pitches for publishers and developers.
- Writing concept docs for artists, level designers, audio designers and coders.
- Writing actable scripts for actors: scripts for voice Over, Motion Capture and CGI cinematics.
- Exposition, Exposition, Exposition: how to inform players without boring them.
- How to get a job: (including the perfect writer's CV)
- The Difference between writing for film/TV/radio and Games: when getting better at screenwriting makes you worse.
- Why stuff ends up clichéed.
- Narrative v Interaction: Explicit/Implicit and environmental
narrative, including when NOT to explain
- Directing actors for Voice Over and Motion Capture sessions.
- What game scripts look like.

What do you need to take part? A pen, and your ideas. There'll be writing exercises you can complete during the sessions, or you can return to later sessions for feedback.

Speakers

Wednesday October 23, 2013 11:00am - 4:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.



Wednesday October 23, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

12:00pm

Nintendo at The Game Pad with StreetPass East Midlands & StreetPass Derby

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

SP East Midlands and SP Derby present Nintendo at The Game Pad.

Lots of fun and games. Apart from the normal Nintendo 3DS and 2DS StreetPass activities we also will be having lots of Nintendo related fun!

Hopefully a Wii U to play on, 3 Wii’s with Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports and Super Smash Bros Brawl, N64 and SNES for the older ones!

Also an activity table for the little ones!

Prizes to be won!

Come down and pop in, even if just to get your StreetPass plaza growing!

Plus - Mario Kart & Super Smash Bros Brawl tournaments. 

For more details, join the Facebook Event.

Exhibitors

Wednesday October 23, 2013 12:00pm - 8:00pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP

12:30pm

Cara & Keith's GameCity Power Lunch!
Cara Ellison and Keith Stuart are here to reinvent the breakfast events from previous years - AT LUNCHTIME!

There will be food!
There will be guests!
There will be Cara!
There will be Keith!
There should be you! 

Food will be served from 12.30pm, the show will be starting at 1pm PROMPT!

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE OVER THE GUARDIAN GAMES BLOG
 
Guests to be annouced shortly!

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.



Wednesday October 23, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

1:00pm

Beyond Deviant: Drawing Workshop
Come along and find out what games concept artists do and how they do it, get some feedback on your
online portfolio (not compulsory!) and get your pencil out for do some sketching.

Herb Wiersma has taught many successful concept artists and this workshop is an opportunity to see how
illustration works in the games industry.

Canal Studios is a small friendly studio on Carrington Street housing designers and musicians.

Spaces are limited to 8 so booking is advised.
Book your space at the workshop here: visual.canal-studios.com

Some paper and pencils will be available but if you have a favourite pen and pad bring them along.

Speakers
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herb wiersma

Canal Studios
Making pictures


Wednesday October 23, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Canal Studios Second floor, Buzzer 2, 44-46 Carrington Street, Nottingham NG1 7FG

2:00pm

C418 - Exclusive Q&A
Composer Daniel Rosenfeld aka C418, composer of the Minecraft score will be at GameCity to give you a unique insight into his composition techniques and process.
Daniel will show you how he works with Ableton Live and answer any questions that you might have about his work.

This is a VERY limited access session, so book fast to get your place!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c215. 

Speakers


Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

2:00pm

Designing Sound with Joonas Turner

Joonas Turner, sound designer of atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure game BADLAND, is coming along to the STEAM School to tell you how he makes his games sound so good!

He'll be giving an in depth talk about video game sound design, covering topics such as:

  • Why is sound design so important and what can you achieve with it?
  • Sticking to a style and following through with it in your design.
  • Improving your hearing and how to analyse what you've just heard, why something sounded like it did and what was that sound/scene built from.
  • His ideas behind sound design.
  • Implementing tools

He'll also be taking your questions.

BADLAND, by Frogmind Games, has been downloaded more than 7 million times and has received numerous awards including an Apple Design Award and the Indie Sensation Award at Nordic Game Conference.

Full of clanking gears, grinding metal and slicing blades juxtaposed with the hoots, croaks and rustling leaves of its woodland-gone-wrong setting, BADLAND’s sound design is a fiendish mix of macabre and tranquility.

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c216.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below. 


Speakers
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Joonas Turner

Sound Designer


Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

3:00pm

Silent Enemy: Global Reveal

Minority Media Inc., the team behind last year's wonderful Papo & Yo, are hard at work on their follow-up project; Silent Enemy.

Papo & Yo took the player on a journey through a child's escapist imagination when dealing with an abusive parent. Silent Enemy sees Minority tackle bullying, an issue that has affected many of their team and looks to be another deeply personal game.

Little has been heard about Silent Enemy so far, but Minority have revealed they will be continuing to tackle important issues through fantastical worlds and monstrous characters embodying the nastiest of human traits. We also know that they're moving the action from the favelas of Brazil to the snowy landscapes of Quebec.

On Wednesday 23 October, they're stopping off in the green and pleasant lands of Nottingham for GameCity 8. Aren't we lucky!

Tali Goldstein, Associate Producer at Minority Media Inc., will be here to break the silence. She'll reveal more of Silent Enemy and tell us about their unique approach to creating videogames.


Speakers
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Tali Goldstein

Associate Producer, Minority Media Inc.



Wednesday October 23, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

5:00pm

GameCity Unplugged: Pocket Gaming/Bring-and-Share

Bring along your favourite classic or modern handheld, portable, and mobile gaming devices. Play and share your your favourite games. Finally accomplish some of those StreetPass tasks. Teach your friends an obscure card game. Invent a brand new playground game. The choice is yours!

Plus - Gambling Lambs’ Boardgame Library

With live music from 6.00pm-7.00pm from:

Alexa Hawksworth

Local singer songwriter Alexa Hawksworth will be singing sublime covers and original music. Be mesmerised by her brilliant and intricate acoustic guitar playing.


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Alexa Hawksworth

Local singer songwriter Alexa Hawksworth will be singing sublime covers and original music. Be mesmerised by her brilliant and intricate acoustic guitar playing.


Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Royal Concert Hall Theatre Square, NG1 5ND

5:30pm

Hellboy: Midnight Circus Signing with Duncan Fegredo

Direct from the brilliant minds and keyboards of Page 45:

"Wednesday 23rd October sees the launch of Mike Mignola & Duncan Fegredo’s HELLBOY MIDNIGHT CIRCUS original graphic novel (all-new material, never serialised), and Page 45 will have Duncan signing and sketching here on its very day of publication!

He will sign any and all books you bring, and sketch in one too."

Full details and links to pre-order Hellboy: Midnight Circus at Page45.com


Speakers
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Duncan Fegredo

Duncan Fegredo is a British comic book artist. | | "[He] has drawn for as long as he has been walking although to this day finds he wobbles at both tasks. Illustrating comics for pretty much all major publishers he is probably best known today for his work on Mike Mignola's Hellboy and continues to collaborate with Mignola to this day, currently in production is Hellboy: The Midnight Circus." | - www.duncanfegredo.co.uk/about... Read More →



Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Page 45 9 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY

7:30pm

Twine Tasting
Come along to Broadway's Mezz Bar and talk about Twine games and (optionally) drink wine.
It's basically a book club, but instead of being for books, it's for Twine games.

If you're coming, here's some pleasant homework for you: we will be discussing:

Rat Chaos by Kat Chastain [LINK]

Brooklyn Trash King by Ben Esposito [LINK]

- Both of which take under 10 minutes to play. And which are both completely worth you playing, even if you're not coming!

Speakers


Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

7:30pm

Indie Game: The Movie Screening
The brilliant Screen 22 are showing Indie Game: The Movie on Wednesday night!

"Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film by Canadian filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot. The film documents the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes during the development of Super Meat Boy, Phil Fish during the development of Fez, and also Jonathan Blow, who reflects on the success of Braid."

Admission: £8 per person
Book tickets at screen22.co.uk/tickets

Screen 22 is the smallest digital recognised single screen cinema in the World (TBC*).

With a quaint 22 seats and a brand new state of the art sound and visual system (provided by Richer Sounds plc), it is one of a handful cinemas in the UK to have Active 3D and is situated in the heart of Nottingham city centre.

We also has the rare and sought after facility of being able to screen films in their original letterbox format, via anamorphic projection.

* Awaiting on the Guinness Book of World Records to officially confirm this.

 

Exhibitors


Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Screen 22 25 Broad Street, NG1 3AP

9:00pm

Papa Midnight: Papa Sangre II Pre-Screening

We're incredibly excited (and a little bit terrified) to announce a pre-screening of Papa Sangre II, on the evening of Wednesday 23 October, in very spooky circumstances, in collaboration with Somethin' ElseNear Now, and Playground Publishing.

Papa Sangre II is Somethin' Else's latest audio-based horror game, published by Playground Publishing. It's the sequel to the award-winning Papa Sangre, a "videogame with no video", in which the player explores the game's environment using only binaural audio cues. It's all very technical and wonderful. And scary. Very scary.

Now, Papa Sangre is back and still very much in charge of the monster-filled afterlife in which you find yourself.

You are dead, and must hunt for memories from the deceased to get back to the other side. Trapped in the peculiar afterlife of Papa Sangre, your guide is the voice of Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones).

Death for you is just the beginning.

You can be the first to play Papa Sangre II on a midnight jaunt through one of the UK's most haunted buildings, The Galleries of Justice Museum!

To be a part of this special event you'll need to do a few things:

  • Own/borrow an iPhone - Papa Sangre II is compatible with iPhone 4S or later.
  • Sign up for a ticket here: papamidnight.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Come along to an exclusive ticket holder only event on Wednesday 23, 9.00pm, Antenna, Beck Street, NG1 1EQ, where you'll receive a download code for Papa Sangre II
  • Follow our guides to The Galleries of Justice Museum where a unique experience awaits you at midnight.

 



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Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.


Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:00pm - Thursday October 24, 2013 2:00am
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ
 
Thursday, October 24
 

9:00am

Broadway Breakfast with Anna Marsh
Start the day the GameCity way...

...with a plateful of good grub and a nice chat.

Leave Broadway with a full belly and a fuller mind, feeling energised for the rest of the day. A series of special guest speakers will give you an insight into what they look to when they need a quick shot of inspiration and motivation.   

This will be like an audiovisual Bloody Mary. Or a bacon sandwich for the soul.

Today's guest speaker is Anna Marsh, Project Manager and Game Designer at Lady Shotgun Games. Anna started out as a Playstation level designer for Psygnosis and has since worked for Sony, Creative Assembly/Sega and Eidos, and with developers Crystal Dynamics, Rebellion and iO.
www.ladyshotgun.com / @LadyShotgunGame

Broadway's Cafebar will be offering a full breakfast menu. Vegetarian options available.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Marsh

Anna Marsh

Design Director, Lady Shotgun Ltd
Founder & designer director of Lady Shotgun, a co-operative of freelance game developers started by myself & two other mums to work from home and balance making games we loved with looking after our small children. I was born & raised near Nottingham in Breaston. When I was a child our family gatherings were opportunities to play all kinds of game, from dominoes to charades. When my parents bought me a ZX Spectrum and I could make my own games... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

MinecraftEdu Workshop (am)

Minecraft is one of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from MinecraftEdu, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about MinecraftEdu on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.
Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


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Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 12:00am
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

Kerbal Space Program Workshop
Kerbal Space Program is a videogame about building and managing your very own space centre and all the spacecraft you can imagine.

You don't have to just design and build your spacecraft. You must learn to fly them too! Do your job well and you'll help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space and discovering the outer reaches of the Kerbol Solar System.
 
So if you just want to have fun with videogames, learn some physics while doing it (you don't have to) or are a teacher who is looking for a video game suitable for STEM and STEAM subjects - this workshop is for you!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.

Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

Soundself @ The Open Arcade
Extra sessions at the Open Arcade with sound designer/developer Robin Arnott (Deep Sea, Antichamber) and his incredibly unique game experience, SoundSelf.

SoundSelf is an experiment in interactive synesthesia. It's part visualiser, part meditative tool, part game that requires the player to control the visuals with their own voice. You can chant, hum or sing to produce beautiful & hypnotic tunnels of light while your voice is harmonised and fed back to you. It's an incredible sight, and sound, to behold.

www.soundselfgame.com

Speakers

Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 2:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Castles In The Sky, The Tall Trees
Chroma, Mark Foster
Clocking Off, Table Flip Games
Clockwork Bobbins, Strange Mice
DevSoc, NTU
Meghdoot: Using new tech to tell age-old storiesOff Grid, Rich Metson
Secret Message, MultiPie
Sokobond, Alan Hazelden
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games
Still Time, Alan Zucconi
The Stanley Parable, Galactic Cafe
The Steampunk League, Dixidiasoft
Tiki Taka Soccer, panicBarn
Transport Tycoon, Appy Nation
University of South Wales: Computer Games Design Student Showcase
3-2-1-Ignition*, Ignite Futures
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame
Microtowns, inPractice.org
Confetti Game Jam
A Map Of Crytek (talk) 



Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.



Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.



Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate NG1 2GR

10:00am

Papa Engine 3D Audio Games Jam

Workshop 1 of 3.
Workshop continues Friday 25, 10.00pm-6.00pm & Saturday 26, 10am-7pm.

To celebrate the release of Papa Sangre II, Papa creators Somethin’ Else are opening up the audio engine that powers the game.  Extraspecially for GameCity; developers, designers and audiophiles have the opportunity to explore the creative and technical possibilities of immersive audio for mobile.

Over course of three days, you will make a game with the Papa Engine, a powerful 3D audio engine that allows you to craft immersive environments and audio experiences in binaural sound, which appears to be coming directionally from round the player’s head.

During the jam you’ll get to know the engine with the help of its engineer and hear about some of the latest developments in audio games.  Alongside this there will be an opportunity to hear from specialists in the field to feed your ideas.

Then build your own game, toy, app or audio experience with the Papa Engine.  Either record your own audio or build an immersive world from existing sound libraries.

Come in a group or ask us to join you with others. Each group will need at least one iOS dev and someone who is comfortable editing sound.

Your handiwork will be showcased in a public playtest on the Saturday at Broadway as part of the closing day of the GameCity festival.

For more information, including what you'll need to bring to the workshop, FAQs, and more about Papa Sangre II please go to: papaenginejam.eventbrite.com/ 


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Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

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Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 6:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

2 Big Screens
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 17:30
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love 
 

Thursday October 24, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

10:30am

aniwey: The Candies Man Can
Candy Box - It started out as an ASCII art curio that very quickly turned into a phenomenon as more people played and shared the game. We'd keep it running on our browsers while we worked, slept, and ate, accumulating those precious candies to progress further into the world of the mysterious Candy Merchant. We didn't consume the candies. The candies consumed us.

As surprising as the many surprises contained within the unfolding world of Candy Box was the identity of its creator, the pseudonymous 'aniwey'. An 18 year old university student from Caen, France who created the game as an experimental exercise in between coursework assignments. Back in May, we spoke to aniwey via Skype for a GameCityNights 'From The Desk Of...' interview where he turned out be a super lovely, intelligent, charming young chap with LOTS to say.

After giving us a tantalising look at his progress on the Candy Box sequel we tried to convince aniwey to come to Nottingham for this year's festival. We're VERY excited that he's up for it, is taking a few days off from his studies, and will be releasing Candy Box 2 at GameCity 8!

See aniwey talk about Candy Box, Candy Box 2, and much more at:
The Council House, Thursday 24 October, 10.30am-11.30am

 

Speakers
avatar for aniwey

aniwey

Creator of Candy Box, free software lover. | | I'm going to launch Candy Box 2 for the festival, I hope you'll like it :-)


Thursday October 24, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

11:00am

PlayCanvas HTML5 Workshop
In this STEAM School session, PlayCanvas will teach you to make your own HTML5 games using their incredible game engine.

PlayCanvas
 is the world's first cloud-hosted game development platform - a social hub where game developers can learn and collaborate to build, share and play video games.
  • Cross-platform: The whole platform is built on HTML5 and can be accessed from smartphones, tablets as well as desktop computers.
  • Accessible: A cloud-hosted game development platform where users are able to access and load up a powerful toolset in seconds through the web browser with nothing to install.
  • Collaborative: The PlayCanvas visual editor is realtime collaborative - think Google Docs for Games.
  • Social: Users are able to create a profile, build a team, follow developers, share other user's games and links to social networks.
  • Industry Experts: Will, the CEO was the Technical Director for Europe at Activision before founding PlayCanvas and Dave, our CTO was a lead developer at Sony before building the software. More information is online here.

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c216.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Thursday October 24, 2013 11:00am - 2:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.


Thursday October 24, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

12:00pm

Nintendo at The Game Pad with StreetPass East Midlands & StreetPass Derby

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

SP East Midlands and SP Derby present Nintendo at The Game Pad.

Lots of fun and games. Apart from the normal Nintendo 3DS and 2DS StreetPass activities we also will be having lots of Nintendo related fun!

Hopefully a Wii U to play on, 3 Wii’s with Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports and Super Smash Bros Brawl, N64 and SNES for the older ones!

Also an activity table for the little ones!

Prizes to be won!

Come down and pop in, even if just to get your StreetPass plaza growing!

Plus - Mario Kart & Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournaments.

For more details, join the Facebook Event.

Exhibitors

Thursday October 24, 2013 12:00pm - 8:00pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP

12:30pm

Cara & Keith's GameCity Power Lunch!
Cara Ellison and Keith Stuart are here to reinvent the breakfast events from previous years - AT LUNCHTIME!

There will be food!
There will be guests!
There will be Cara!
There will be Keith!
There should be you! 

Food will be served from 12.30pm, the show will be starting at 1pm PROMPT!

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE OVER THE GUARDIAN GAMES BLOG
 
Guests to be annouced shortly!

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.



Thursday October 24, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

1:00pm

MinecraftEdu Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is one of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from MinecraftEdu, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about MinecraftEdu on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.
Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


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Thursday October 24, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

1:00pm

Karaokards!

Join us at GameCity for a game of Karaokards - the fast-paced karaoke game that's all about what you sing, not how you sing. Combine clues (suggestions like "artist begins with B", "Christmas song", "I HATE THIS SONG SO MUCH" or "90s") to come up with songs, then perform them - or join in on other people's songs - to win points. The more clues you use, the more points you get.

There's a quick briefing (plus time to grab drinks), then an hour of play. It's a game for groups, so gather some friends and sign up a team! Four people is ideal, but 3-5 is fine. You only need one booking for a team of players.

If you do well enough, we'll invite you back for the GRAND FINAL at 9pm Friday night, kicking off the One Life Left Friday night party at Spanky Van Dyke's. There'll be prizes, maybe. They won't be very good, but the glory will live on in your hearts for ever.

Sessions running throughout the day. Sign up via Eventbrite

Back the Karaokards Kickstarter here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/782536717/karaokards-a-card-game-for-people-who-love-music  



Thursday October 24, 2013 1:00pm - 11:00pm
Walkabout 11-15 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6D

3:00pm

A Map of Crytek

Lots of games events have sessions where students get career advice from specialists in individual areas. This GameCity event will look at the actual anatomy of Crytek. It's about the nuts and bolts of how games are made, how the studio is physically arranged, how business is done and how graduates might be able to find a place within it.



Thursday October 24, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

3:00pm

Making Stories with Lucy Prebble & Steve Gaynor

Lucy Prebble has written high profile works for TV and theatre such as Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The Sugar SyndromeENRON, and The Effect, which is currently in production at The National Theatre, London

Steve Gaynor is a game designer and writer who has previously worked on Bioshock 2, Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den, and Bioshock Infinite. His new outfit, The Fullbright Company, released Gone Home in August this year to great critical acclaim. We think it’s fair to say that it’s been one of the most talked about titles of the year.

Lucy and Steve will be discussing narrative, writing for different mediums, and their own individual approaches at telling stories.

 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor

Co-founder, The Fullbright Company
Co-Founder of The Fullbright Company. Writer/designer of@GoneHomeGame.



Thursday October 24, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

5:00pm

GameCity Unplugged: Story Games

Do you like indie games? Of course you do!

How about pen and paper RPG games? You’re not sure? Well here’s your chance to find out.

Join us on the evening of Thursday 24th to help us create tales of heroism and valour! Or just failure and deceit.

There will be a collection of brilliant games on offer including FiascoThe Quiet YearDog Eat DogSerpent’s ToothLasers and Feelings, and In a Wicked Age.

The selected games are about shared story telling, creativity and a whole lot of fun. If you’ve never played a story game before then this event is designed to be your introduction.

These games will also be available to play all week, as part of Gambling Lamb’s boardgame library.

Plus – Tiny Games from Hide & Seek, a selection of playful, fun, social games to play in everyday situations. Read more about Tiny Games here.

With live music from 6.00pm-7.00pm from:

Ryan Thomas

Blues/folk from Nottingham’s Ryan Thomas.

“The sound of Bluesy folk artist Ryan Thomas will blow you away. His Seasick Steve like vocals coupled with the sound of his bling resonator guitar is a catch. A born performer, Ryan Thomas’ performance is spellbinding.” - NUSIC

@RyanThomasBlues / Ryan Thomas Soundcloud / Facebook


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas

Blues/folk from Nottingham’s Ryan Thomas. “The sound of Bluesy folk artist Ryan Thomas will blow you away. His Seasick Steve like vocals coupled with the sound of his bling resonator guitar is a catch. A born performer, Ryan Thomas’ performance is spellbinding.” - NUSIC


Thursday October 24, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Royal Concert Hall Theatre Square, NG1 5ND

8:00pm

GameCity Prize: Shortlist & Jury Announcement
You might be wondering where the GameCity Prize has gone this year.

Well, don't worry. It's not totally absent.

We've been giving the Prize a lot of thought over the last year and we're giving the whole process a shake up. With a bit of help from some special friends, of course.

Come along to Antenna on Thursday evening where we'll be talking about this year's GameCity Prize, revealing the shortlist, the jury, and possibly a few surprises that we've been hiding up our sleeves.


The GameCity Prize is brought to you by GameCity and is powered by Nottingham Trent University.

Created to spark conversations about videogames outside of traditional channels and launched at GameCity6 in 2011, the GameCity Prize received international recognition – with Markus ‘Notch’ Persson’s runaway success, Minecraft, grabbing the inaugural gong. The GameCity Prize 2012 was won by thatgamecompany’s Journey. The GameCity Prize aims to explore and celebrate the very best in interactive entertainment and drive understanding and appreciation of videogames within a wider cultural context.





 

Thursday October 24, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ
 
Friday, October 25
 

9:00am

Broadway Breakfast with One Life Left
Start the day the GameCity way...

...with a plateful of good grub and a nice chat.

Leave Broadway with a full belly and a fuller mind, feeling energised for the rest of the day. A series of special guest speakers will give you an insight into what they look to when they need a quick shot of inspiration and motivation.   

This will be like an audiovisual Bloody Mary. Or a bacon sandwich for the soul.

Today's guest speakers are (some of) the presenters of award-winning radio show One Life Left.
www.onelifeleft.com / @onelifeleft

Broadway's Cafebar will be offering a full breakfast menu. Vegetarian options available.

Speakers
avatar for One Life Left

One Life Left

Award-winning (?!?!?) radio show vaguely about videogames, presented by Ste Curran, Simon Byron and Ann Scantlebury.


Friday October 25, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

MinecraftEdu Workshop (am)

Minecraft is one of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from Minecraft EDU, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about Minecraft EDU on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.
Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Moderators
Speakers


Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 12:00am
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

Kerbal Space Program Workshop
Kerbal Space Program is a videogame about building and managing your very own space centre and all the spacecraft you can imagine.

You don't have to just design and build your spacecraft. You must learn to fly them too! Do your job well and you'll help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space and discovering the outer reaches of the Kerbol Solar System.
 
So if you just want to have fun with videogames, learn some physics while doing it (you don't have to) or are a teacher who is looking for a video game suitable for STEM and STEAM subjects - this workshop is for you!

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.

Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the Eventbrite ticket link below.


Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
10 Second Ninja, Dan Pearce
Clocking Off, Table Flip Games
Clockwork Bobbins, Strange Mice
DevSoc, NTU
Dot.Stop.Run, OmNomCom
Hero Bears, Appy Nation
Meghdoot: Using new tech to tell age-old stories
Off Grid, Rich Metson and Pontus Schonberg
PlayCanvas, PlayCanvas
SMESPORT, Smestorp
Still Time, Alan Zucconi
The Stanley Parable, Galactic Cafe
The Steampunk League, Dixidiasoft
Tiki Taka Soccer, panicBarn
Voyd, Ruan Pearce-Authers and Jake Oliver
3-2-1-Ignition*, Ignite Futures
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame
Microtowns, inPractice.org
Confetti Game Jam
Insane Robot Battle, Playniac


Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.



Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.



Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate NG1 2GR

10:00am

Papa Engine 3D Audio Games Jam

Workshop 2 of 3.
Workshop continues Saturday 26, 10am-7pm.

To celebrate the release of Papa Sangre II, Papa creators Somethin’ Else are opening up the audio engine that powers the game.  Extraspecially for GameCity; developers, designers and audiophiles have the opportunity to explore the creative and technical possibilities of immersive audio for mobile.

Over course of three days, you will make a game with the Papa Engine, a powerful 3D audio engine that allows you to craft immersive environments and audio experiences in binaural sound, which appears to be coming directionally from round the player’s head.

During the jam you’ll get to know the engine with the help of its engineer and hear about some of the latest developments in audio games.  Alongside this there will be an opportunity to hear from specialists in the field to feed your ideas.

Then build your own game, toy, app or audio experience with the Papa Engine.  Either record your own audio or build an immersive world from existing sound libraries.

Come in a group or ask us to join you with others. Each group will need at least one iOS dev and someone who is comfortable editing sound.

Your handiwork will be showcased in a public playtest on the Saturday at Broadway as part of the closing day of the GameCity festival.

For more information, including what you'll need to bring to the workshop, FAQs, and more about Papa Sangre II please go to: papaenginejam.eventbrite.com/ 


Moderators
avatar for Near Now

Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 6:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

2 Big Screens
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 17:30
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love 
 

Friday October 25, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

10:30am

The Art & Design of Hohokum
Richard Hogg and Ricky Haggett from Honeyslug discuss the art and design of their forthcoming Playstation game Hohokum.

They'll be showing the latest version of the game and talking about how they work.

Don't miss this! Richard & Ricky are two extremely talented chaps making one of the best looking and most anticipated games of the year. 

Speakers
avatar for Ricky Haggett

Ricky Haggett

Honeyslug
avatar for Richard Hogg

Richard Hogg

Honeyslug


Friday October 25, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

11:30am

RIOT 1831
Limited Capacity seats available

Roma Patel will be speaking about RIOT 1831 @ Nottingham Castle, at the Open Acade.

RIOT 1831 @ Nottingham Castle is created in partnership with Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham and Hot Knife Digital Media Ltd and is supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England'. It is year long project and begins in October 2013. It will develop a mobile AR app that will offer visitors an active role in creating their narrative experience. By simultaneously interacting with relevant museum objects and animated first-hand witness accounts of the riot.

The project will examine ways that Augmented Reality (AR) can be used to help support people's understanding of a heritage site and aims to provoke debate, support learning about protest and rebellion through time and encourage participation by creating new, exciting way to tell the story of attack on the Castle made during the national Reform Bill Riots in 1831. The project places storytelling at its heart and examines the potential impact of traditional theatrical and cinematic narrative techniques to create added suspense and engagement within AR.

Visitors can choose their path and links from elements on the screen to customise their experience, allowing them to draw upon further information available in the museum and make even greater connections to the past. A new exhibition will be designed around the needs of a digital augmented environment, focussing on riot related museum objects. This new approach will allow us to highlight various opportunities and design challenges and offer solutions, guidelines and data for further development by other and similar organisations.

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

12:00pm

The Game Pad - Oculus Rift Demos & FIFA Friday

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

The amazing Oculus Rift is on show and available for you to try out!

It's FIFA Friday! Tournaments happening all day.


Exhibitors

Friday October 25, 2013 12:00pm - 8:00pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP

12:30pm

Cara & Keith's GameCity Power Lunch!
Cara Ellison and Keith Stuart are here to reinvent the breakfast events from previous years - AT LUNCHTIME!

There will be food!
There will be guests!
There will be Cara!
There will be Keith!
There should be you! 

Food will be served from 12.30pm, the show will be starting at 1pm PROMPT!

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE OVER THE GUARDIAN GAMES BLOG
 
Guests to be annouced shortly!

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.


Friday October 25, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

1:00pm

MinecraftEdu Workshop (pm)

Minecraft is one of the most popular, acclaimed and creative videogames ever to be released. These sessions will bring you a new perspective on this amazing game. Created by the team from MinecraftEdu, an international team of educators and programmers working directly with Mojang, get ready to experience Minecraft in a whole new way!

There's LOTS more information about MinecraftEdu on their website: http://minecraftedu.com/

This is a STEAM School workshop taking place in Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Room c217.
Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at these workshops.

Sign up for this session using the ticket link below.

 


Moderators
Speakers


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Confetti 6-10 Convent Street, NG1 3LL

1:00pm

Soundself @ The Open Arcade
Extra sessions at the Open Arcade with sound designer/developer Robin Arnott (Deep Sea, Antichamber) and his incredibly unique game experience, SoundSelf.

SoundSelf is an experiment in interactive synesthesia. It's part visualiser, part meditative tool, part game that requires the player to control the visuals with their own voice. You can chant, hum or sing to produce beautiful & hypnotic tunnels of light while your voice is harmonised and fed back to you. It's an incredible sight, and sound, to behold.

www.soundselfgame.com

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

1:00pm

Karaokards!

Join us at GameCity for a game of Karaokards - the fast-paced karaoke game that's all about what you sing, not how you sing. Combine clues (suggestions like "artist begins with B", "Christmas song", "I HATE THIS SONG SO MUCH" or "90s") to come up with songs, then perform them - or join in on other people's songs - to win points. The more clues you use, the more points you get.

There's a quick briefing (plus time to grab drinks), then an hour of play. It's a game for groups, so gather some friends and sign up a team! Four people is ideal, but 3-5 is fine. You only need one booking for a team of players.

If you do well enough, we'll invite you back for the GRAND FINAL at 9pm Friday night, kicking off the One Life Left Friday night party at Spanky Van Dyke's. There'll be prizes, maybe. They won't be very good, but the glory will live on in your hearts for ever.

Sessions running throughout the day. Sign up via Eventbrite. 



Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 5:15pm
Walkabout 11-15 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6D

2:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.


Friday October 25, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

3:00pm

Gone Home: Director Commentary

Steve Gaynor, Lead Designer of Gone Home, will be the latest person to take to the GameCity stage and lead us through one of their own works. With a unique perspective into the creation of Gone Home, we’ll be getting an intimately detailed look at the game.

Gone Home is a story exploration game set in Oregon, in a deserted and unfamiliar familial mansion wayyyy back in 1995. It’s an experience rich with nostalgia - set at the height of the Riot Grrrl movement; surrounded by fanzines, band flyers, The X-Files, cassette tapes and SNES Cartridges. It tells the story of a family and their friends, their relationships with each other and with the era.  It’s an unusual videogame in its storytelling ability and we think that Steve is an unusual videogame designer. Which is a very good thing. Who better to tell us all about the story of Gone Home?

 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor

Co-founder, The Fullbright Company
Co-Founder of The Fullbright Company. Writer/designer of@GoneHomeGame.



Friday October 25, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Council House Ballroom Old Market Square, NG1 2DT

4:00pm

Nuclear Throne Panel
Join most of the Nuclear Throne team as Rami Ismael, one half of Vlambeer, leads a panel with Q&A.

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

5:00pm

GameCity Unplugged: Tiny Games with Hide&Seek!

Tiny Games from Hide & Seek

From 5.00pm-6:30pm join Hide&Seek for a TINY TOURNAMENT to celebrate the launch of our Tiny Games app.

Tiny Games are games with rules only a few sentences long. You play them with the world around you, using whatever location and props you have to hand - games where you watch pedestrians pace by, games where you catch a lemon in a tea towel, games where you argue,games where you make up stories, games where you try to navigate without looking down.
 
Over the course of an hour we'll play some Tiny Games - including a couple that were TOO FIERCE FOR APPLE or TOO HARD TO EXPLAIN IN WORDS, and didn't make it to the final app. Then we'll make up up a few new games, and  run through them in a fierce knockout to find the Tiny Games Champion: winner of a thrilling prize (as long as you're thrilled by a mug or tea towel with games on, but isn't EVERYONE?) 

Also, live music from 6.00pm-8.00pm, with:

Georgie Rose

A seriously talented local songwriter. With an XFM single of the week, superstar fans like Billy Bragg and KT Tunstall, and a huge local following – Georgie’s had a busy couple of years. Prepare to be awestruck!

+ Daudi Matsiko

Daudi is a member of the English/German collective High Hopes Society, compared to “Ninja Tune Stalwarts like Cinematic Orchestra or Fink” (Scrimshire).

Their aim is to combine works from various musical and visual arts into something in which creative minds can get involved. Their sound is (unsurpringly) a combination of its members’ musical backgrounds.

Tonight, appearing solo, Daudi will captivate with his sometimes delicate, sometimes epic, always amazing songs.

@hellodaudi / highhopessociety.com

 


Speakers
avatar for Daudi Matsiko

Daudi Matsiko

Daudi is a member of the English/German collective High Hopes Society, compared to “Ninja Tune Stalwarts like Cinematic Orchestra or Fink” (Scrimshire). | | Appearing solo, Daudi will captivate with his sometimes delicate, sometimes epic, always amazing songs.
avatar for Georgie Rose

Georgie Rose

A seriously talented local songwriter. With an XFM single of the week, superstar fans like Billy Bragg and KT Tunstall, and a huge local following – Georgie’s had a busy couple of years. Prepare to be awestruck!

Exhibitors
avatar for Ross Fowkes

Ross Fowkes

Systems Administrator, Confetti Media Group



Friday October 25, 2013 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Royal Concert Hall Theatre Square, NG1 5ND

8:00pm

Volume
At last year's festival we subjected Mike Bithell to a week of intense scrutiny. Almost every day of that week, Mike sat across from a series of special guests (Leigh Alexander, Martin Hollis, Keiron Gillen and more) who gave him advice. They'd played his last game, Thomas Was Alone. They'd thought about what was wrong with it. They'd thought about what was right with it. They then shared those thoughts with Mike straight to his face; candidly, with little regard to his feelings and without the barrier of Twitter or an ill-conceived series of internet videos between them. Poor, brave Mike.

Luckily, everyone thought Thomas Was Alone was pretty great and no one's feelings were hurt too badly.

Almost a year's gone by now, and he needs to learn some new stuff.

This October, Mike will be coming face to face with some new experts in an exclusive GameCity 8 event.

It's going to be a very special evening, in a secret location we've never used before - Nottingham Castle - where as well as getting brand new advice, Mike will also be revealing all of the details of his new project, Volume.

Mike Bithell, Project 2 : Volume.

All will be revealed, 8pm, Friday 25th October, 2013.

Entry to this event will be strictly limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The venue is fully accessible on foot, by vehicle, or by wheelchair. However, the entrance is up a fairly steep incline and with lift access to the Long Gallery event space. If you need any assistance, have any mobility issues or specific access requirements, please let us know asap by contacting Chloe Smith, Event Co-ordinator, at chloe@gamecity.org.

Speakers


Friday October 25, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Nottingham Castle Castle Place, NG1 6EL

9:00pm

One Death Left
One Life Left presents:

ONE DEATH LEFT 

One Life Left's Friday night parties at GameCity are becoming renowned for being a place where anything can happen. LITERALLY ANYTHING (involving karaoke and drinking).

One Death Left is a night of murder, mystery and singing. Videogame characters will die. And members of the audience will be unmasked as killers in the largest ever game of wink murder. Followed, as ever, by videogame karaoke. Presented by One Life Left, Europe’s best videogame radio show.

This event is 18+. Please bring I.D. to guarantee entry.

Speakers
avatar for One Life Left

One Life Left

Award-winning (?!?!?) radio show vaguely about videogames, presented by Ste Curran, Simon Byron and Ann Scantlebury.



Friday October 25, 2013 9:00pm - Saturday October 26, 2013 2:00am
Spanky Van Dykes 17 Goldsmith Street, NG1 5JT
 
Saturday, October 26
 

9:00am

Broadway Breakfast with C418
Start the day the GameCity way...

...with a plateful of good grub and a nice chat.

Leave Broadway with a full belly and a fuller mind, feeling energised for the rest of the day. A series of special guest speakers will give you an insight into what they look to when they need a quick shot of inspiration and motivation.   

This will be like an audiovisual Bloody Mary. Or a bacon sandwich for the soul.

Today's guest speaker is C418, the musician (real name Daniel Rosenfeld) responsible for the music of Minecraft!
www.c418.org / @C418

Broadway's Cafebar will be offering a full breakfast menu. Vegetarian options available.

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

10:00am

Beyond Deviant: Drawing Workshop
Come along and find out what games concept artists do and how they do it, get some feedback on your
online portfolio (not compulsory!) and get your pencil out for do some sketching.

Herb Wiersma has taught many successful concept artists and this workshop is an opportunity to see how
illustration works in the games industry.

Canal Studios is a small friendly studio on Carrington Street housing designers and musicians.

Spaces are limited to 8 so booking is advised.
Book your space at the workshop here: visual.canal-studios.com

Some paper and pencils will be available but if you have a favourite pen and pad bring them along.

Speakers
avatar for herb wiersma

herb wiersma

Canal Studios
Making pictures


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 12:00am
Canal Studios Second floor, Buzzer 2, 44-46 Carrington Street, Nottingham NG1 7FG

10:00am

Mine(Paper)Craft Day!

If you head to the Royal Concert Hall Foyer Spaces on Saturday 26 October, between 10.00am-4.00pm, you’ll discover a bunch of Minecraft themed activities, as part of the Theatre Royal Family Open Day!

Minecraft Papercraft! Tea Party! Party Games! And More!

We’ll have a stack of two-dimensional blocks that need your help turning into a 3D world. Use your papercraft skills to assemble blocks and build your own Minecraft landscape.

Celebrate the opening of the event with a Minecraft Tea Party! We’ll have Creeper cakes, themed snacks, party games, and more thanks to the brilliant Swirls Bakery!*

There will also be loads happening in the Theatre Royal on the day (from 10.00am-1.00pm); including backstage tours, face painting, panto competitions, arts and crafts and Beanbag Music Club activities!

The Theatre Royal Family open day is part of the inaugural Family Arts Festival, with events running nationally from Friday 26 October to Saturday 3 November.

For more details please visit www.familyartsfestival.com

*Food provided is limited and subject to availability. Come along early to grab some cake!
 


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 4:00pm
Royal Concert Hall Theatre Square, NG1 5ND

10:00am

Open Arcade

Games!
Talks!
Workshops!
Crafts!
Every Day!

Our flagship events venue will be hosting tons of interesting playful stuff submitted through our open platform initiative, OpenGameCity. Find it at The Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre, 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS. It’s handily located just down the road from the 2 Big Screens on Old Market Square or a few short strides away from the Lace Market tram stop.

The space is going to be transformed into our very own Open Arcade and open every day of the festival – 19-26 October 2013, from 10am-5pm. You can expect games, talks, workshops, craft activities and lots more!

Exhibitors:
Castles In The Sky, The Tall Trees
Clocking Off, Table Flip Games
Clockwork Bobbins, Strange Mice
DevSoc, NTU
Dot.Stop.Run, OmNomCom
Off Grid, Rich Metson and Pontus Schonberg
Rotation Station & Rude Bear Radio, Vorpal Games
Secret Message, MultiPie
Space Salvager, 2 Person Games
The Stanley Parable, Galactic Cafe
The Steampunk League, Dixidiasoft
Tiki Taka Soccer, panicBarn
Voyd, Ruan Pearce-Authers and Jake Oliver
3-2-1-Ignition*, Ignite Futures
Suitcase Arcade, Lucky Frame
Microtowns, inPractice.org
Insane Robot Battle, Playniac


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre 10 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.



Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Open Arcade 10 Fletcher Gate, NG1 2FS

10:00am

MicroTowns
Workshops run hourly between 10.00am-5.00pm

inPractice are running craft workshops about computing using a cardboard computer. Using common craft materials children will be encouraged to build their own computer and see just how the real thing gets put together. And at the end you get to take your paper machine home.

It's relevant to mention that computing is becoming compulsary in all school KS1 syllabuses from September 2014.

“At the very least, the children come away from my sessions knowing what computers are, what’s inside them and that programs are what makes them clever,” says inPractice's Dan Bridge, who'll be leading the workshops.

These workshops are interesting, interactive events for all the family. They aim to demonstrate that gaming isn’t all about macho ‘boys toys’. On the contrary, we like to believe that gaming can be valuable as a fun learning tool, showing children the creative potential of digital technology.

These hourly workshops are primarily aimed at children under 10 and their Parents/Guardians. However, anyone is welcome throughout the week.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bridge

Dan Bridge

Chief/Chef, inPractice.org
Founder of educational developer http://inpractice.org . | STEM Ambassador. Dad. | Girl's computing advocate. | Video Games nostalgist. | 1981 60m dash champion.


Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm
Waterstones 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate NG1 2GR

10:00am

2 Big Screens
At GameCity this year, the Market Square is going to be dominated by 2 Big Screens which will be in a different position every day!

We've been working with lots of brilliant developers who have been creating some fantastic new games for them, none of which have ever been seen before.

We're not publishing a strict timetable for the 2 Big Screens project, because we want to make sure we can adapt and improve the project over the week and frankly - we're going to be learning a lot about it as we do it.

We WILL be tweeting announcements about specific happenings on the 2 Big Screens in advance though, as the programme develops.
@gamecity is thus the best place to get an up-to-date sense of the screens. 


That said - the day has been organised around a few different anchor points...

8-9:00 
Breakfast Beta (Trying out experiments and things for later on in the day)

12:00
Paul Veer's live Pixel Art

Approx 17:30
Martin Hollis : Aim for Love 
 

Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

10:00am

Papa Engine 3D Audio Games Jam

Workshop 3 of 3.

To celebrate the release of Papa Sangre II, Papa creators Somethin’ Else are opening up the audio engine that powers the game.  Extraspecially for GameCity; developers, designers and audiophiles have the opportunity to explore the creative and technical possibilities of immersive audio for mobile.

Over course of three days, you will make a game with the Papa Engine, a powerful 3D audio engine that allows you to craft immersive environments and audio experiences in binaural sound, which appears to be coming directionally from round the player’s head.

During the jam you’ll get to know the engine with the help of its engineer and hear about some of the latest developments in audio games.  Alongside this there will be an opportunity to hear from specialists in the field to feed your ideas.

Then build your own game, toy, app or audio experience with the Papa Engine.  Either record your own audio or build an immersive world from existing sound libraries.

Come in a group or ask us to join you with others. Each group will need at least one iOS dev and someone who is comfortable editing sound.

TODAY: Your handiwork will be showcased in a public playtest at Broadway as part of the closing day of the GameCity festival.

For more information, including what you'll need to bring to the workshop, FAQs, and more about Papa Sangre II please go to: papaenginejam.eventbrite.com/ 


Moderators
avatar for Near Now

Near Now

Near Now is Broadway's producing, commissioning and artist development programme, working closely with artists and designers to produce and present playful projects that explore technology in everyday life. | | We are passionate about supporting practice-led research across art, design, technology and education, acting as a development organisation for artistic talent and bold ideas.

Saturday October 26, 2013 10:00am - 7:00pm
Broadway 14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL

12:00pm

Paul Veer : Live Pixel Art on the Market Square!
Celebrated Pixel Artist Paul Veer will be at GameCity EVERY lunchtime creating a brand new piece of pixel art LIVE for your delight on the TWO BIG SCREENS!

As the clock strikes midday, Paul will have just 60 minutes to deliver a masterpiece.
Come and watch a master at work, make suggestions for themes and perhaps have your own caricature created on the huge LED's. 

It's a bit like Covent Garden, only the coffee shops are cheaper.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Veer

Paul Veer

Superhero, Skullrobot
I make videogames. I like blue skies.



Saturday October 26, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Market Square Nottingham NG1 2DT

12:00pm

The Game Pad - Oculus Rift Demos & Tony Hawks Special

The Game Pad is a pop-up gaming cafe run by the folks from the awesome Alley Café, Nottingham's premier destination for tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and Serious Gamer, Nottingham's newest independent videogame shop. You can find the Serious Gamer store at Unit 25 West End Arcade, NG1 6JP.

They've teamed up to take over The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP. Just a few strides away from the action on the Old Market Square; it's the perfect place for a tasty snack and an afternoon of gaming goodness.

There'll be a range of retro and modern consoles to play at your leisure, with a fully stocked cafe to recharge yourself. A week of casual gameplay as well as competitive events.

Today At The Game Pad

The amazing Oculus Rift is on show and available for you to try out!

A Tony Hawks special! Tournaments happening all day.


Exhibitors


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:00pm - 8:00pm
The Game Pad The Om Centre, 19 Greyhound Street, NG1 2DP

12:30pm

Cara & Keith's GameCity Power Lunch!
Cara Ellison and Keith Stuart are here to reinvent the breakfast events from previous years - AT LUNCHTIME!

There will be food!
There will be guests!
There will be Cara!
There will be Keith!
There should be you! 

Food will be served from 12.30pm, the show will be starting at 1pm PROMPT!

THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE OVER THE GUARDIAN GAMES BLOG
 
Guests to be annouced shortly!

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.



Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Antenna 9 Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

4:00pm

LadyCADE Meetup
LadyCADE is a casual and friendly social gathering for people who make and enjoy games… and who happen to be women. 

While we welcome all genders, we hope to create a space which is friendly and inclusive to women, away from male-dominated crowds.

We're not here to rally troops for a great gender war, though - this is simply a space to relax, share stories and experiences, and meet other people who share your passion for female-friendly gaming

More details on Eventbrite.

@_LadyCADE



Speakers
avatar for Elsa Bartley

Elsa Bartley

Lead UX Designer
UX Designer who refuses to grow up; with a passion for interesting games, lowbrow art, web, shiny things, comics and Lego.
avatar for Gemma Thomson

Gemma Thomson

CEO & Designer, Box Kaleidoscope
Game designer and CEO of Box Kaleidoscope; co-founder of LadyCADE.


Saturday October 26, 2013 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Pit & Pendulum 17 Victoria St, Nottingham NG1 2EW

7:00pm

Closing Party: GameCityNights Special
We’re going to see this year’s festival off with a bang thanks to a line-up of amazing bands, DJs, performers and games. GameCity Nights is taking over The Space & Café Bar areas of the prestigious Nottingham Contemporary.

In the Café bar from 7.00pm (FREE ENTRY):

THIS SONG WILL CHANGE YOUR 1UP (DJs)

DJing throughout the night in the Café Bar are local musicians and avid gamers, Matt and Pete, who play the best tunes taken from – or inspired by – their favourite video games from the last three decades. Expect bleeps, bloops, nostalgia and great music.

HAIKU SALUT

Nottingham’s only “Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other” trio. We love their dreamy & charming sounds. Their song Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart is this year’s festival anthem.

www.haikusalut.com

YUNIOSHI

Local electro-rock-synth-pop superstars. A BBC Introducing ‘one to watch’ and for very good reasons. LeftLion have described them as “The perfect pop band. They’re as catchy as hell.” We’ve been promised an Arkanoid cover. WE REALLY HOPE THEY DELIVER ON THAT.

www.yunioshiblogs.wordpress.com

SCREAMING MALDINI

The Sheffield-based band have recently been pushed into the spotlight by BBC Introducing after playing a massive set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. They make wonderful music that’ll be a perfect crescendo as we crash to the end of GameCity 8.

www.screamingmaldini.net

In The Space from 8.00pm (£5 entry):

(LAST)EXILE

It wouldn’t be a GameCity Nights without (LAST)EXILE. Otherwise known as Owain Davies, otherwise-otherwise known as the GameCity Nights One-Man-House-Band. Owain is a multi-instrumentalist, multitalented local DJ and producer who’ll be playing his blend of electronica, videogame remixes with a bit of Tenori-on based audience interaction thrown in, throughout the night. We’ve been told to expect a ‘Jet Set Radio Megamix’. Cue excitement!

(last)exile Facebook

PAT ASHE – BECOME AN ISLAND

Spoken word from our favourite purveyor of videogame culture performance art.

"Become An Island is places, cities, islands, dodgy cups of tea, broken statues and playful animals. A performance combining spoken word with Ed Key & David Kanaga’s Proteus to create a calming and playful experience. Lose yourself on an island and find yourself in the city."

Pat Ashe is a performance maker, live artist and games designer. His work blends genres, mediums and forms and has been shown at a variety of contexts. He runs Beta Public, a night for videogames and theatre designed to explore what the two mediums have in common. He is a founder member of How We Run, a performance collective of live artists and academics whose work focuses on the gap between audience and artist. He used to run We Want Your Dog, a performance night based in Winchester, showcasing both local and national talent.

thepatashe.wordpress.com / @patrickashe

CARA ELLISON – PARIS/LONDON: VIDEOGAMES IN TWO CITIES (AN ADVENTURE)

Cara writes about videogames and culture for publications like the Guardian and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Tonight she’ll take us on a cyberpunk adventure. An audiovisual spoken word performance. A whirlwind trip between two cities putting on videogame culture events; each struggling and succeeding in their own ways.

www.caraellison.co.uk / @carachan1

C418

The man responsible for the dreamlike ambient soundscapes of Minecraft certainly isn’t a one-trick pony. He’ll be DJing and playing more of his wonderful electronica. Get caught in his swirling orchestral atmosphere of beats, bleeps, and bass.

c418.org / @C418

KOZILEK

A modern videogame soundtrack pioneer from Helsinki who’ll be ending the festival on a powerful wave of electro house. Save some energy for this! Be sure to ask him to playParanoid ;)

kozilek.com / @kozilekmusic

GAMES

A line-up of some of our favourite and most spectacular multiplayer, party, and art games (which we’ll be announcing here really soon).

AND MORE!

Interactive visuals, live art and more happening across the venue.

£5 tickets for entry to The Space will be on sale throughout the festival week. More news on where and when to grab them coming soon.

Entry is 18+. Please bring I.D. to ensure entry.

 

Speakers
avatar for Cara Ellison

Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.


Saturday October 26, 2013 7:00pm - 12:00am
Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire County NG1 2GB

8:00pm

The Game Pad: DJ Hero Party

Come down and wow the crowds on DJ Hero or sit back, relax and check out our resident DJ showing you how to do it for real on the 1′s and 2′s

This is the final event from The Game Pad in conjunction with Alley Cafe Bar & Serious Gamer.

For more details, join the Facebook Event.


Exhibitors

Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00pm - Sunday October 27, 2013 1:00am
The Alley Café 1a Cannon Ct, Long Row, NG1 6JE